Before Linda Thompson tied the knot with Caitlyn Jenner in 1980, the author and songwriter had already experienced a whirlwind romance with another world famous celebrity -- Elvis Presley. It really made him feel wonderful that I was a virgin." Losing her virginity to the "Hound Dog" singer "made him more special," Thompson says, adding, "As if Elvis Presley could have been any more special."WATCH: Linda Thompson Opens Up About Caitlyn Jenner Marrying Kris After Coming Out As Transgender Presley had actually been special to Thompson as far back as childhood, when she told her parents that she'd one day marry the legendary singer when she grew up."When I was six years old, sitting at the breakfast table, I [told my parents], 'I am going to marry Elvis Presley,'" Thompson remembers.Now, Thompson is opening up about her nearly five-year relationship with The King."I was still a virgin when I met him," Thompson tells ET's Nancy O'Dell during an intimate sit-down to discuss her new memoir, Presley and Thompson met in Memphis on July 6, 1972, when she was 22."I think that is what added to the allure of me for him," she recounts. While she never walked down the aisle with the music superstar, she did end up dating him for over four years, eventually splitting up in 1976, eight months before Elvis died of a heart attack.
Asked by reporters if he planned to wiggle his hips when he returned to singing, Elvis said: "I'm gonna sing and I'll let the shaking come naturally. I can't get any feeling that way." Elvis Presley, the American singer-turned-soldier, now assigned to the 3rd armoured division, U. Army, at Friedberg/West Germany, just poses for photograph as he sits in the tank drivers cockpit in the Friedberg barracks Oct. Depending on his qualifications he will then be assigned his duties in company D of the first medium tank battalion.
Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958. The only different thing here is that you don't have a limousine". at the Draft Board office in the M&M Building, 198 South Main, he and other inductees would spend much of the day at Kennedy Veterans Hospital for processing and physicals before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
During that time, Thompson says she learned a lot about The King that she never expected."I saw prescription medication on his nightstand," Thompson says, "and when I questioned, 'Have you been ill?
' He stammered and he didn't really have a good answer for it.""I had never been around drug abuse or alcoholism, my parents didn't even keep alcohol in the house, not even beer," she adds.
16 appearance on ITV's Elvis, Priscilla and their daughter, Lisa, Marie, in January 1970. So you really kind of lost yourself," she continued.